GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sophomore Katarina Kozarov won the singles flight three draw to lead the Furman women's tennis team Sunday in the final day of the 31st Annual Debbie Southern Fall Classic, which was held this weekend at the Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, S.C.
Kozarov, who teamed with senior Aryn Greene to win the flight three doubles championship on Saturday, posted a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Clemson's Tate Schroeder. The two Paladin victories marked the first draw championships for Furman at the tournament since at least 2000.
Freshman Carol Elizabeth Kerman beat Florida State's Andrea Garcia, 6-3, 6-4, to take third place in flight six, and sophomore Anna Walter topped Payton Robinette of Vanderbilt, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, in the flight six round robin draw. Hannah Ferrett picked up a default win over Courtney Meredith of Wake Forest at flight eight.
"Today was another strong day from our team," said Paladin head coach Adam Herendeen, who is in his third season at the helm of the Furman program. "We played some really strong players, and I am proud of how our girls represented Furman all weekend against the top teams in the country. We are coming out of this weekend with a lot of positives and we have a little break before we compete again, so we are eager to get to work to keep improving from this weekend."
All 11 teams at the tournament reached the NCAA Championships last year, and ten teams which competed at the tournament were ranked in the top 50 in the 2017 final ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings: Ohio State (3rd), Vanderbilt (4th), North Carolina (5th), Mississippi State (20th), Texas (22nd), Tennessee (24th), Florida State (30th), Clemson (31st), Ole Miss (32nd), and Wake Forest (33rd). The 11-team field included 20 singles players and 10 doubles teams ranked in the preseason ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings.
Furman will compete at the ITA Carolinas Regional in Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 20-23.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
F3 Katarina Kozarov (Furman) def. Tate Schroeder (Clemson), 6-2, 6-3
F5 Summer Dvorak (Vanderbilt) def. Danni Vines (Furman), 6-3, 6-3
F6 Carol Elizabeth Kerman (Furman) def. Andrea Garcia (FSU), 6-3, 6-4
F7 Lexi Franco (Wake Forest) def. Gabby Rodriguez (Furman), 6-3, 6-4
F8 Hannah Ferrett (Furman) def. Courtney Meredith (Wake Forest), by default
F9 Anna Walter (Furman) def. Payton Robinette (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Janina Braun (Mississippi State) def. Katty Weymouth (Furman), 1-6, 6-2, 6-0
Andrea Ballinger (Ohio State) def. Hannah Ferrett (Furman), 7-6, 1-6, 6-0